Mr. METZENBAUM. Mr. President, I rise to oppose any effort to remove the Racial Justice Act amendments from the fatality penalty provisions of the crime bill. If a crime bill with copious fatality penalty provisions is to pass this body, it is vital that we deal with the obvious prejudiced nature of fatality penalty sentences.
The Racial Justice Act has nothing to do with whether you are for or hostile to the fatality penalty. It is in this area racial discrimination.[more...]